Los Angeles ResidenceMediterranean Patio, Los Angeles
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Favour your floorThe patterned tile revolution is showing no signs of slowing down, and the trend is now heading outside in UK and Irish gardens. While vibrantly tiled courtyards are two a penny in certain hotter countries – Morocco and Spain spring to mind – we’re only just catching on to the possibilities here. Let this inspire you: It’s a major step towards making our outdoor spaces feel like another room in our homes. And just as you’d coordinate colours inside, take a careful look outside, too – this strong blue-and-white floor needs complementary woodwork. The homeowners have chosen anchoring black, which they’ve partnered with black chair legs and lanterns, but picking up on the white or blue in the tiles could work equally well.
Embrace Moroccan influences Re-create a summer night away from it all by looking to a Moroccan scheme for inspiration. These patterned floor tiles form a stunning carpet effect and contrast well with the more natural and organic wooden table and bamboo chairs. Add in a mix of different-sized floor cushions to create a comfortable atmosphere and illuminate the space with Moroccan-style pendants and lighting. Consider embracing exotic jewel colours, too, and striking North African prints. If you don’t have any outside electrics, use oversized Moroccan candle lanterns on the floor instead, with smaller versions on the table to create intimacy.
Call in the expertsBecause of their handmade nature, these tiles are not a DIY project and should be professionally laid. Ensure your tiling professional is familiar with the tiles’ properties and the care required in their installation.If you’re seduced by the design possibilities of patterned cement tiles, be aware of their special qualities. Ezra advises that they need maintenance, but not pampering. ‘All that beauty and uniqueness comes with a little upkeep, but it’s well worth it,’ she says.TELL US…Would decorative cement tiles enhance your décor? Share your thoughts with us in the Comments below.
Create a courtyard oasisAfter experiencing the bustling streets of the medina, you’ll understand the need for a peaceful retreat away from the noise and frenetic activities occurring outside. Moroccan riads are houses designed to focus inwards, onto an internal garden with an open roof. This space is surprisingly quiet, thanks to thick external walls and small windows. Create your own courtyard oasis with plenty of potted plants, bright patterned tiles and somewhere to rest and recuperate after a long day.Take a look at more stylish courtyards